Maureen Papas

Dr, BA (Hons) Macq, MIR/MIEL Macq, PhD Macq

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Maureen is a researcher with a very strong interest and expertise in international and national politics and the interface between politics and the law. She holds a BA (Hons), a Master of International Relations with a Master of International Environmental Law, and a PhD in Law. Maureen's area of research interest is international and comparative environmental law and policy with particular emphasis on water law, policy and governance. Her research explores international and national laws for the conservation and management of rural water, as well as multi-level governance systems. Her most recent area of research includes the intersection of climate change with freshwater law and policy; the role of scientific knowledge to promote policy formulation; and the value of the water-energy-food nexus (WEF nexus) to facilitate greater cross-disciplinary/sector collaboration.


French, English and Italian

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Macquarie University

Master of International Relations with Master of International Environmental Law, Macquarie University

BA (Hons), Macquarie University

External positions

Imprenditore Agricolo Professionale (Professional Agricultural Entrepreneur) - Certificate of Qualification (Legislative Decree no. 99/2004, South Italy)

2023 → …

Project Waterfall Board Trustee

2016 → …

Pottinger Special Advisor, Sustainability and Systems Thinking

2015 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Water law and policy (surface and groundwater)
  • International environmental law
  • Comparative water law and policy
  • Sustainable practices
  • Freshwater conservation and management
  • Intergovernmental
  • Interdisciplinary


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